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Galileo's Science Café: Cybersecurity: Sifting through Digital Trash for Fun, Profit, and to Catch the Bad Guys by Dr. Jim Jones

  • February 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dr. Jim Jones presents “Cybersecurity: Sifting through Digital Trash for Fun, Profit, and to Catch the Bad Guys.”  Hear about the latest findings surrounding hot topics in science and medicine that affect our everyday lives and the decisions that we make! Bring your family and friends for a free, casual, interactive science discussion. Learn from the experts and speak with them personally.

“Cybersecurity: Sifting through Digital Trash for Fun, Profit, and to Catch the Bad Guys” by Dr. Jim Jones

We are digital litterbugs. In both the cyber and physical worlds, we leave digital traces of our presence and actions everywhere, and not only on our own computers, thumb drives, and smart phones. We also leave these digital artifacts on other devices, sometimes with our knowledge, but frequently without. Computers you use, surveillance cameras, point-of-sale systems, automobiles, the Internet-of-Things, network devices, and more - all record digital information that tells a personal story about you. Some digital artifacts are intact, but the most interesting are not - just fragments of files and programs that someone or something tried to erase. I have spent the last 20 years collecting these digital artifacts and teasing out the stories that they tell - sometimes to catch a criminal, and sometimes just to recover family photos accidentally deleted. I will present some of our digital archeology stories and describe, how we are extracting, analyzing, and manipulating digital data and fragments from the world around us.

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